I’ve certainly had numerous encounters with skeptics over the past dozen years. In a sense I’m always surprised that people bother to identify themselves as skeptics, when simply considering oneself to be….scientifically minded should be sufficient. After all, science and scientific principles are sufficient when applied in examining all claims, new discoveries, etc.
Skepticism implies that there is a belief system in need of special protection; that some subjects, and associated claims, must be subject to special attention because, should they be true, they would destroy the beliefs, views, paradigms, etc., of the self-proclaimed skeptics. Something is either true or it isn’t.
So I’m pleased to report on a truly delightful encounter with two skeptics in the UK, Michael Marshall and Hayley Stevens. They interviewed me on their radio show recently and, while I haven’t yet had the time to listen to it, my recollection was that their approach was friendly and open minded. Their whole tone and demeanor were quite…civilized and they certainly gave me ample time to respond. They asked good questions and I felt that they created an opportunity for something positive to develop in terms of dialogue between parties who come from very different viewpoints.
I think we all can learn much more when we also engage with others who are not part of the “choir”, so to speak, and find commonality on what is ultimately the same road leading us all to the…truth.